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Atmos Totnes

Atmos Totnes is the name of the community-led project to re-develop the former Dairy Crest site next to Totnes rail station (a derelict brownfield industrial site). The project began in 2007 with the closure of the Totnes Creameries.

Planning permission through a Community Right to Build Order is in place for the scheme. The Order was prepared though a process of engagement and involvement of the local community, full engagement with all Statutory Agencies and a professional design team meeting the design needs within the substantial constraints of the site itself. There were over 4,500 meaningful contributions into the design process from the community. The Atmos Timeline shows the work undertaken since the start of the project.

Atmos Delivery Plan

Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes

Atmos Totnes, so far as we know, is one of the first Community Right to Build Order processes, and probably the most complex, to be run in England. The Community Right to Build came into force on 6th April 2012 and forms part of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 contained within the Localism Act 2011.

The Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes was made by South Hams District Council on the 1st of March. This is following the referendum on the Order which took place on 23rd November 2016. At that referendum 85.69% of those voting in the local community voted ‘yes’ on if the Order should be granted planning permission.

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Atmos Totnes plans include

  • 99 homes including 62 truly affordable houses linked only to this community, and 37 ring- fenced homes for older people
  • Workspace for local businesses to provide at least 160 jobs
  • Refurbishment of the Brunel Building, a health and wellbeing centre, space dedicated to the whole community (young and old alike)
  • Community ownership of the majority of the land through a town wide share issue
  • Flood defence for Totnes through redevelopment of the site
  • Training opportunities through the build, management and maintenance of the site.


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